The seven (G7) states on Tuesday 23rd February have declared their “condemnation to the utmost reservation and respect for human rights and international legislation” of violence committed by the Myanmar police against protesters.
The bloc of rich nations—including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the US and the High Vertreter of the European Union—reaffirmed their opposition to the Feb 1 coup and their ever heavier responses to protests.
“Use of live ammunition against unarmed people is unacceptable. Anyone responding to peaceful protests with violence must be held to account,” said the G7 Foreign Ministers in a declaration.
“We condemn the intimidation and oppression of those opposing the coup. We raise our concern at the crackdown on freedom of expression, including through the Internet blackout and draconian changes to the law that repress free speech.”
In the G7, protestors, doctor, civilian society and journalists were asked to end the “systematic targeting” and the military junta to revoke its declared condition of emergency.
It also called on the military of Myanmar to provide full humanitarian access for the most vulnerable.
“We remain united in condemning the coup in Myanmar. We call again for the immediate and unconditional release of those detained arbitrarily, including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint and continue to stand with the people of Myanmar in their quest for democracy and freedom,” the statement said.
Myanmar’s military leaders are under renewed pressures both domestically and outside the country, following their gradual increase in the use of force to combat massive and largely peaceful civil disobedience.
With the US, the EU and the United Kingdom tightening sanctions, junta rule demonstrations continue to increase, together with a violent response in return.
In the demonstrations three anti-coup protestors were killed up to now, and on the weekend a man patroling his neighborhood in Yangon against night arrests also was shot dead.